There is extensive communal space throughout the neighbourhood. Marmalade Lane itself, which is open at both ends, invites the public, as guests, into the scheme. Although allowing for vehicles (for emergencies & deliveries only), the lane has street trees, bicycle stores and planted areas to encourage its use as a play area. At the heart of the scheme lies a large, shared garden marked out by an ancient hedgerow with mature oak, now complemented by meadows and food growing areas. Security is by way of extensive natural surveillance and the inter-generational nature of the group helps ensure the site is active throughout the day.

Planning History

The site was in the ownership of Cambridge City Council, although lies within South Cambridgeshire District. The City Council supported a nascent cohousing group to prepare a design brief which became the basis for a competition seeking a development partner. TOWN and Trivselhus, with Mole Architects, were appointed in July 2015 and worked with the cohousing group to undertake detailed design, fund and deliver the development. Full planning was submitted in December 2015, being granted the following October. Construction commenced in May 2017 and finished in January 2018.

Project Team

Architect: Mole Architects Ltd
Developer: TOWN

Development Data

Site size (ha): 0.97
Date of completion: 11/2018
Schedule of accommodation: 7 x 1 bed apartments, 14 x 2 bed apartments, 2 x 2 bed town houses, 8 x 3 bed town houses, 10 x 4 bed town houses, 1 x 5 bed town house
Tenure mix: 100% private sale cohousing ranging from 80-100% of market value. Note the development is part of a wider urban extension within which affordable housing was provided at 35% overall.
Size of typical home: 107
Parking spaces: 52

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